Sept. 13 marks World Sepsis Day. Sepsis is common and often deadly. Often misunderstood as “blood poisoning”, sepsis is one of the leading causes of death around the world. Sepsis arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. It can lead to shock, multiple organ failure, and death, especially if it is not recognized early and treated promptly.
Between 1/3 and 1/2 of all sepsis patients die. It kills more than 6 million infants and young children, and 100,000 new mothers every year. Every few seconds, someone in the world dies of sepsis.
The of diligence of Capital Regional Medical Center and our Severe Sepsis Program has improved efforts in detecting and managing this difficult disease among our patients. Mortality rates have decreased, but it is important to remain diligent to continue to improve outcomes.
Capital Regional’s Sepsis Program
In 2012, Capital Regional Medical Center began a program aimed at the challenge of severe
CRMC adopted early, goal-directed therapies, instituted a Sepsis Alert and invested $100,000 for
8 Vigileo monitors and interface equipment needed to support the therapies. Efforts included ongoing
support for FloTrac arterial line sensors and PreSep Oximetric Central lines. Leaders formed coordinated Sepsis Team.
CRMC’s baseline mortality for severe sepsis and shock was 32 percent prior to the program.
For the year, mortality is down to 18 percent, already surpassing the program’s initial goal.
Program managers believe even more reductions are possible and say they will be diligent in detecting and managing this difficult disease
Hear from Dr. Dan Fadale about the CRMC Sepsis Program: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cu7w2-bURVs